Sunset Ridge Trail and Long Trail Loop

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Sunset Ridge Trail and Long Trail Loop is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Underhill, Vermont that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2480 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

cross country skiing

hiking

rock climbing

skiing

snowshoeing

cave

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

This loop starts on one of the most popular trails, Sunset Ridge and is a 5.7 mile strenuous hiking trail near Underhill, Vermont. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing. Sunset Ridge Trail Long Trail CCC Road

hiking
5 days ago

Excellent hike but it was really hard!

12 days ago

Great views throughout trail

hiking
21 days ago

This trail was definitely “hard” as there are a lot of rocks and often you’re climbing up with little to no places to grip. We went at the end of May and the weather was perfect, a little chilly at the top though so bring a light jacket. Great views the entire way up and well marked. I would suggest bringing bug spray if you’re going around this time because there were LOTS of bugs on the way but they were super heavy at the Mt Mansfield summit!

21 days ago

Excellent hike. Beautiful 360 vistas. I wouldn’t recommend it on a rainy day, as lots of the trail involves steep terrain on large boulders and smooth rock – I can imagine this would be dangerously slippery.

hiking
27 days ago

Great loop. Went up Halfway House Trail since the wind was blowing sooooo hard up top. Many folks turned around that went straight up Sunset Ridge since that option gets you exposed about half way up. Halfway House is in the woods pretty much right up to the Long Trail. Winds this day at the Chin were 30 MPH sustained and 50 MPH or so gusts. It was blowing! Had my shell on, wool stocking cap, and gloves. It was awesome though, just be prepared. A bit tricky coming down Sunset with the winds and some water on the well-worn rock. All good, we only slipped a few times. Enjoy!!!

29 days ago

Hiked Sunset Ridge Trail several times in the spring & fall. One will experience a gradual to moderate elevation gain throughout the hike. Weather and temps can vary once above treeline. Be sure to pick a clear day and take in the views!

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail with amazing views! Great camping!

hiking
6 months ago

Incredible views once you make it to the top! We hiked in the middle of December and would recommend crampons and/or walking poles. There was plenty of ice once you start climbing the ridge.

6 months ago

Incredible hike. Snowy, not much ice. Beautiful.

6 months ago

Pretty icy towards the top and above the tree line. Would have been easier with microspikes and poles. But if you’re willing to take your time and risk a few butt slides you’ll be fine. Views were incredible even with the clouds we had.

hiking
7 months ago

Everybit as breathtaking as the reviews suggest. Mid november there was considerable ice on the trail, and was glad to have brought some strap on spikes. The hike itself was pleasant enough, although not as difficult as it is rated. It has a few short sections where you need to be mindfull, but no real consequences to speak of.

The days started clear but was cloud covered when we summitted, so will trya nd make it back to spend some time on the long trail when visibility is better.

Highly recommend this hike. Its a real gem.

hiking
7 months ago

Ascended Laura Cowles and Descended Sunset Ridge in mid-November. There was considerable snow even at lower elevations. And a fair amount of ice once you get above about 3,000’. Definitely recommend spikes at a minimum due to the trail conditions. Poles would be helpful, too.

As far as rating difficulty level, I would say this is pretty much right in the middle of moderate on a scale of easy to difficult. Much less challenging than many of the New England 4,000’ers I’ve done. But would certainly be strenuous, though definitely doable, for someone in average physical condition who isn’t accustomed to alpine hikes. I would say this is a very good introductory test for someone looking to evaluate their fitness and interest in mountain hiking as a pass time. Once you get to the top and get that payoff in the way of awe-inspiring views, you will get the bug. No doubt.

Laura Cowles, with the fresh snow cover, was beautiful from start to finish. Some beautiful and interesting rock formations, as well as some very cool ice formations at various places along the way. Portions of the trail are actually a small stream. Like, you’re walking IN the stream. At least at this time of year. Maybe it’s intermittent. I can’t say for sure. But be sure to have proper footwear.

The summit is beautiful. We were fortunate to have done this hike on a crystal clear day with the added benefit of fresh snow cover on the surrounding area. It made for gorgeous views. Could clearly see Champlain, the Adirondacks, the Green Mountains, and the Whites, all from the rock bluffs at the summit.

I wish I could give it something between the 4 and 5 star rating. It is worthy of 5 stars, for sure. It is visually interesting, mildly challenging, and quite serene. I only give it 4 stars because comparatively speaking, having done some otherworldly trails in the Whites, this one falls just a bit short for me. Again, this is strictly comparatively speaking. It doesn’t fall short of being incredible by any measure. I will absolutely do it again. And I look forward to it. Highly recommend this as a visually beautiful and satisfying day hike that is very much doable in a relatively short day, as opposed to some of the longer trails in the Whites that make for a very long, but very gratifying, day in the trail.

So in summary, do it. It’s fantastic.

7 months ago

We hiked up Laura Cowles trail and down Sunset. Laura was more brutal than I expected. Be prepared to stop periodically and let your heart slow down! Lots of stretches of wet rock staircases. Very windy at the top. Sunset was not difficult to get down.

7 months ago

Great trail! Great view!

backpacking
7 months ago

Drove up from Cleveland for this. I am not an experienced hiker by any means, and this tested my mental and physical abilities. When I got to the top, it was all worth it. Amazing view.

hiking
8 months ago

Last hiked in 1990 and stayed at the youth camping area campground. Took Sunset Ridge Trail to Chin, and down Laura Cowles Trail. Took a group of teen and younger kids who enjoyed it.

hiking
8 months ago

Did this trail in the rain (which became snow as I got higher). There were no views whatsoever because of the weather. With that said, it was still an amazing hike. Solid workout. 360-degree view at the top. Can't wait to come back!!

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike!

8 months ago

great hike

hiking
8 months ago

Not sure where on this trail is the waterfall. A little disappointed by that. But the view still is jaw dropping

8 months ago

Very nice trek! I highly recommand it! It's difficult but worth it!

9 months ago

This is a tough trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Worth the effort, not easy but a great views throughout. I would describe as something between a strenuous hike and mild rock climb. Take the time to do the side hike to Cantiliver Rock,also worth the effort. Dress in layers as the top is windy and cool vs. the area at the base and below the tree line.

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome hike

9 months ago

Loved this trail! Beautifull view and trail.

9 months ago

Candace I ascended this when she was four months pregnant with Kendal. It beat her up pretty good by the end.

hiking
10 months ago

Foggy Saturday with no views at the top. Took Laura Cowles up and Sunset Ridge down. Still a great hike! Would love to do it on a clear sunny day!

rock climbing
10 months ago

As you get closer to the peak, the hard it gets obviously. The mountain has you go through rocks and mini caves. The view was absolutely breath taking.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike, took the Laura Crowles trail to the top, came down the Sunset Ridge trail. Trail was wet going up, but was clearly marked and fun to climb. Will certainly climb again.

hiking
10 months ago

Not too shabby. Absolutely beautiful views at the top! Spent about an hour at the summit just taking everything in along with a snack. On the way up, definitely recommend the ever so slight detour to see Cantilever Rock.

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